I was directed to Alex through the fellows at SRP. They suggested me to email him and describe what I wanted in a final finishing hone. I told him: I wanted an 8×3 stone for $200 that can improve a coticule edge which feels like honing on velvet which is also a fast cutter with slurry, and a fine finisher on water. Alex delivered EXACTLY what I asked for. I couldn’t be happier with my Ozaki Asagi Kamisori Toishi!
Dave W Pittsburgh
I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks.
Honing stones can be hit or miss at time. Even more so with Japanese
naturals because each stone can perform so differently. While it’s
nice to have a dealer be able to give you an idea of how it works,
it’s still best to be able to test it yourself. You are the only
person that I know of that will send multiple stone to test. You make
it easy to pick a stone that works for the customer by either letting
them test a few and send back what doesn’t work. Or pick a single
stone and if it doesn’t work for you, send it back and pick another.
Thanks again for making a tough job easier.
Brian Brown Custom Straight Razors.
Like many of those making furniture using hand joinery, I used to put off sharpening and the results showed it. Eventually however, I discovered the joys, and the results, of using good Japanese tools. As sharpening became part of the satisfaction, I came to rely on a small community of people who refused to compromise when it came to achieving the finest edge possible. Alex Gilmore and The Japan Blade are among those I turn to. I know of nothing comparable, short of a trip to Japan.
Lee Coleman Berkeley, California japanese tool user
Not only is Alex’s service some of the best I have encountered in this industry, but his knowledge of not only the stones he sells but razors, shaving and the history of the art of shaving impeccable. Combine this with his passion for sharing his knowledge and you have an unbeatable combination!
I would not hesitate a second to purchase anything Alex sells or trust his judgement about Japanese stones, razors, shaving and the nuances of all of the above.
Mark Reifkind Palo Alto, California
Straight razor shaver, gymnest and professional sports trainer
Nice to hear from you, and nice to revisit your website. There is so much information about stones there it almost makes my head hurt. My testimonial is this: After using man made stones for nearly 30 years, and only dabbling in natural stones during that time, I finally got a natural Continue reading
First I have a couple comments about the site. I really appreciate that you take the time to post all the pictures and info; I have definitely found it interesting and informative and I also really like what you’ve got on Youtube. I do miss the micro-pictures on the site showing the effects of the different stones all on the Continue reading
I first met” Alex through a tool purchase on eBay a few of years ago. I was impressed with the research and documentation (something he provides for all his products) which accompanied the tool, along with its quality.
As someone who has lived, worked and been trained in Japan and regularly travels there to select the items he offers for sale, I believe Alex really knows through experience what quality is and therefore can offer superior products. He is very willing to share his knowledge through personal correspondence, documentation with his products and on his blog, which is something I appreciate very much.
He is also a regular contributor on various Japanese woodworking forums. I can whole-heartedly recommend him.
Steve Mitchell Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia Canada